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Labuan coastal road worry
Published on: Friday, March 23, 2018

Labuan: Parti Warisan here welcomed the development of a new 6km coastal road but at the same time expressed concern over the new link having negative ecological consequences since some sections of the road cut across wetlands and natural habitats of marine and other forms of life.

Warisan's Information chief Julius Elias said " we have inspected a section of the road at Kampong Nagagang area and notice that the land was refilled over swamp or wetlands."

He said the road certainly was an important project as it would provide an alternative route in or out of Labuan town and help ease the congestion at the Jalan Tun Mustapha highway which is usually bad during evenings and mornings.

"But at the same time, we also want an assurance from the Department of Environment that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has given the clearance and that the project pose no serious danger to the environment," said Julius.

He also said that Labuan being a small island had limited on of wetlands and their continued survivals are needed for ecological reasons.

The road which is undertaken under the Labuan Economic Blueprint 2030 cost RM160 million and would stretch from Membedai to Tj. Aru. The project began on December 19, last year and is expected to be completed by December 2020. - Sohan Das

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